What is Small Group Ministry?

Small Group Ministry, or Small Group as you’ll sometimes hear us say, is a chance to deepen your own spiritual journey, connect with others in the church, and engage in the practices of reflection and deep listening. It happens in groups of eight to 12 people and follows a consistent format to help people move into a place of connecting with their truest self, with the greater source of which we are a part, and with one another. As a participant, you show up twice a month, check in with each other about how things are going for you, take a couple of minutes to center and slow down, and then in response to a series of readings and questions, you get to think about and share your thoughts on the topic of the session. Each month, you’ll be able to go deeper about the monthly themes we’re unpacking as a whole church, and you’ll get to hear what about that theme resonates with others in your group about, too.

Over time, you’ll find that being part of small group allows you to grow, and grow your relationships. In a big church like ours, it can be easy to be anonymous, but if you want to get the most out of being part of Jefferson Unitarian Church, connecting with a core group of people who know you, and who you know, will let you enrich your relationship, will support you on your journey, and, we hope, be there for you when times are tough.

What am I committing to?

By signing up for a small group, you are saying you’re going to make a priority of attending every meeting (knowing that sometimes life gets in the way). That’s twice a month, for an hour-and-a-half. We expect our small groups to continue meeting through May, but if your group wants to keep meeting through the summer, or into the years ahead, let us know and we’ll work to support your group. We hope that, over time, many of our groups will spawn new leaders, allowing us to have more small groups so more people can participate.

We ask each of our small groups to pick one service project each year to help either the church or the larger community. You might, as a group, choose to do something with our All Church Project, Just Neighboring, or partner with a group inside the church to help care for our members. We believe that growing in faith means growing in service, and our ministry team will be there to help your group think about how you might bless the world and grow together as a small group.

What if I don’t like the people in my group?

It often takes a few times of meeting for people to really get comfortable with each other, and to begin to tell the deeper stories of our hearts. That’s normal, and we will do everything we can to help you and your group gel together. If after a couple of months you find that your particular group just isn’t a good fit, talk to your facilitator, and we’ll see if we can find another group that might be forming and be better for you.

When and where do these groups meet?

At many times. Some meet at the church, others in people’s homes. Some during the day, others in the evening. Sign up for a group that fits your schedule. For groups that meet at the church on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, we also provide child care to help make sure you can attend. If there are other accommodations you need, let us know, and we’ll see what we can do to make sure you can participate.

What if I have other questions?

Contact Beth Leyba, Congregational Connection Coordinator